SEATTLE, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air announced aggressive 2020 sustainability goals today, pledging to decrease fuel consumption by 20 percent (gallons flying one passenger one mile), use a sustainable aviation biofuel at one or more airports and increase its recruitment of military veterans.
These are among a series of goals and accomplishments highlighted in Alaska Air Group's newly released 2013 Sustainability Report, which summarizes the company's progress on environmental, social and economic goals. The complete report is available online at www.alaskaair.com/sustainability.
Among the most significant accomplishments made since the airlines' last Sustainability Report are improvements in fuel efficiency, which saved Alaska Air Group more than 10 million gallons of fuel since 2011. The airlines also cut waste by 50 percent per passenger, saving nearly 2,900 tons of recyclables that otherwise would have gone to landfills. In all, the airlines have reduced their greenhouse gases by more than 30 percent per revenue mile since 2004 as part of the company's efforts to be a greener neighbor within the communities where it flies.
"We believe running our business sustainably—with an eye on the long run—is simply the right thing to do," CEO Brad Tilden said. "By integrating sustainable practices and policies into our business, we're making Alaska, and all of the people and communities we work with, stronger and healthier over time."
Air Group's Sustainability Report analyzes the airlines' efforts from Jan.1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2013. It is the company's second comprehensive report in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative G4 Core Guidelines, an international standard for sustainability reporting on people the planet and performance.
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